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Community members, business leaders, politicians, and educators were on hand December 6 to cut the ribbon at the opening of a new regional office for the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Three Rivers Community College.

The new office will enable the SBDC to expand its services and workshop offerings to the Southeastern Connecticut small business community—an opportunity for which SBDC State Director Ginribbon cuttingne-Rae Clay said she is “immensely grateful.”

TRCC President Grace Jones echoed her sentiment: “This practical partnership builds on TRCC’s premier educational foundation, to provide both our students and the regional small business community with authentic contributions toward significant economic development for our region and the entire state.” 

Indeed, the SBDC at TRCC will be able to provide a wide array of management and technical assistance to the New London County small business community. As SBDC’s Clay put it, “The SBDC at TRCC is economic development in action…creating jobs and increasing access to capital for small businesses!”

She continued, “The availability and access to no cost technical assistance and one-on-one counseling from a business development professional, demonstrates the power of partnership and a common vision to insure the success of the small business community throughout Southeastern Connecticut.”

Business Development Advisor Marcie Boyer will staff the new SBDC office. Boyer, who has extensive experience assisting entrepreneurs and business owners, works with regional banks, community lenders, and local and state government agencies to assist business owners to secure financing and programs to strengthen business performance and sustainability. 

Norwich Mayor Peter Nystrom and State Representative Kevin Ryan attended the ribbon-cutting. Both voiced their support of the collaborative effort, which will help to boost the local economy and support small businesses, which play a key role in strengthening the economic vitality of the region.

The SBDC is collaboration with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Central Connecticut State University and is supported by the Connecticut State University System and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development. For more information on the services of the SBDC, visit the website:

December 2011


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